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PrawnPicture of an Angelfish

Latin: Leander Serratus
Size: 10cm    
Diet: They are omnivores- they eat pretty much anything

The Prawn has a light pink or brown body that has some reddish patterns. They can be hard to see in the rockpools as they are so well camoflagued. Females grow faster than males and lay an astonishing 50,000 to 1 million eggs!

Fun Fact:
Prawn eggs hatch after 24 hours!

Hermit Crab

Latin: Eupagurus Benhardus
Size: 5cm    
Diet: Algea and debris

These soft-bodied crabs live in discarded snail or periwinkle shells and the shells of other molluscs  As they grow, the crabs abandon overly snug shells in favour of a larger abode.

Fun Fact:
One empty shell can trigger a property rush - battles for the best shells have even been known to become a bit feisty!.

Three spined stickle back

Latin: Gasterosteus aculeatus
Size: 6cm    
Diet: Insects, crustaceans and fish larvae

These are the classic “tiddler” of British waters. The back is greyish or bluish-green and the flanks are silvery. They have sharp spines on their backs, they can actually sport two to four spines on their backs, with three being the average. These fish are anadromous – they live in seawater but breed in freshwater or brackish water.

Fun Fact:
In the breeding season, males build an elaborate nest and develop a bright red chest to attract females.

Tompot blenny

Latin: Parablennius gattorugine
Size: 30 cm    
Diet: Sea anemones or crustaceans

The Tompot Blenny is a deep brown/orange colour and has a pair of tentacles above the eyes and darker stripes along the body. This super-clever fish just loves British rock pools! If its chosen pool dries out, it is able to climb out and crawl into a better one, pulling itself along on its strong fins and breathing across its slimy skin - wowzers!

Fun Fact:
Sometimes a fish out of water can be a Blenny!

Picture of a Cardinal TetraBeadlet Anemone

Latin: Actinia Equina
Size: 6cm    
Diet: Anything it can catch – including mollusks and insects

The Beadlet Anemone can be red, brown, green or orange. It has up to 192 tentacles, arranged in six circles.

Fun Fact:
This anemone is a born survivor, it can survive extremes in
temperature and oxygen level.

Snakelock Anemone

Latin:  Anemonia Viridis
Size: 10cm    
Diet: Snails and slugs. They also feed on small fish and prawns

The Snakelock Anemone is a beautiful deep green with purple tips to it’s tentacles. Best to look, but don’t touch, as these anenomes can sting.

Fun Fact:
A sting from this little beauty can produce a very painful rash.

Cushion Star

Latin: Asterina Gibbosa
Size: 5 cm    
Diet: Algae and any organic matter

The Cushion Star gets its name from its chubby, rounded body. Its arms are so short that they often merge with its body and only their tips can be seen!  

Fun Fact
Amazingly, small or young individuals are males, but as they become older and increase in size they develop into females.

Picture of a Cardinal TetraLimpet

Latin: Patella Vulgata
Size: 8 cm    
Diet: Algae

The limpet is greyish white and dome-shaped. Limpets can live for 15 years if they grow slowly. If there’s lots of food they grow faster but only live 2-3 years. They cling to hard surfaces and help keep  algal levels under control.

Fun Fact:
It is famous for being able to survive for a long time out of water.


Latin: Littorina Littorea
Size: 2 cm    
Diet: Anything organic

The Perriwinkle shell is grayish to gray-brown, often with dark spiral bands.

Fun Fact:
These get going when the lights are out being mostly active at night

Picture of a Cardinal TetraButterfish

Latin: Centronotus Gunnellus
Size: 20 cm    
Diet: Anything from live food to vegetable matter    

Silver body with vertical (often dark) bands on the sides of their body.

Fun Fact:
This fish gets its name from the fact that its skin is very slippery.

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